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Not Even the Giants vs. the Packers Can Out-Rate Donald and Hillary

CBS the Overnight Ratings for the Second Presidential Debate

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016

Note: The following overnight ratings exclude Jacksonville, Orlando, Norfolk and Raleigh-Durham.

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 9.8/15, NBC: 8.0/12, ABC: 4.9/ 7, Fox: 2.6/ 4

Due to the second Presidential debate airing last night, the percent comparisons to the year-ago evening and the listing of winners and losers are excluded.
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-Ratings Analysis:
Not even the New York Giants versus the Green Bay Packers could out-rate Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton. The second Presidential debate was top-rated on CBS, with (including the 24-minute analysis in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour) an estimated 10.4 rating/15 share in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. The Sunday Night Football match-up scored an estimated 10.2/15 in the overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m.
As a reminder, results for any live event are always rough estimates.

ABC’s coverage of the debate was on the map with a 7.3/10 from 9-11 p.m., while Fox in the 9 p.m. hour (overnight results for the network were not available at 10 p.m.) averaged a 3.6/ 5.

As a basis of comparison, here is how ABC, CBS and Fox fared in the overnights compared to the first debate on Monday, Sept. 26:

CBS: Sunday, Oct. 9: 10.4/15 – Monday, Sept. 26: 7.2/10: +44 percent
ABC: Sunday, Oct. 9: 7.3/10 – Monday, Sept. 26: 8.0/12: – 9 percent
Fox: Sunday, Oct. 9: 3.6/ 5 – Monday, Sept. 26: 3.7/ 5: – 3 percent

CBS, of course, had the most compatible lead-in support out of an expanded edition of “60 Minutes,” which scored an 8.7/13 from 7:30-9 p.m. Earlier in the evening, the Eye net featured a football primetime overrun at an approximate 12.5/22 (#1) in the 7 p.m. half-hour.

ABC opening the night with veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a 2.9/ 5 at 7 p.m. (#3) into a 2.6/ 4 (#3) for tired “Once Upon a Time” at 8 p.m. And Fox opened the evening with a repeat of “The Simpsons” (#2: 2.8/ 5 at 7 p.m.) into “Bob’s Burgers” (#3: 3.1/ 5), an original installment of “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.2/ 3) and a repeat of “Son of Zorn” (#4: 1.4/ 2) from 8:30-10 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, October 9 by half-hour:

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7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – NFL Football: 12.5/22 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part one: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “The Simpsons” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#2)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 9.3/15 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part two: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 8.7/13 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America”: 7.4/12 (#2)
Fox – “The Simpsons”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 8.0/12 (#2)
NBC – “Sunday Night Football” – New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 12.1/19 (#1)
Fox – “Son of Zorn” (R): 1.4/ 2 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – Second Presidential debate: 6.8/10 (#3)
CBS – Second Presidential debate: 10.0/14 (#2)
NBC – “Sunday Night Football” – New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 10.1/15 (#1)
Fox – Second Presidential Debate: 3.4/ 5 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – Second Presidential debate: 7.5/11 (#3)
CBS – Second Presidential debate: 10.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “Sunday Night Football” – New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 9.4/13 (#2)
Fox – Second Presidential Debate: 3.8/ 5 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – Second Presidential debate: 7.6/11 (#3)
CBS – Second Presidential debate: 10.6/15 (#1)
NBC – “Sunday Night Football” – New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 8.3/12 (#2)
Note: Overnight results for the debate on Fox in the 10 p.m. hour are not available.

10:30 p.m.
ABC – Second Presidential debate/analysis: 6.2/ 9 (#3)
CBS – Second Presidential debate/analysis: 8.5/13 (#1)
NBC – “Sunday Night Football” – New York Giants at Green Bay Packers: 10.3/15 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. No way would I watch another debate between Trump and Clinton after watching the first one. Watching Trump elevates my already high blood pressure.

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